Brandon Roy will return to the National Basketball Association in 2012, as Jason Quick of the Oregonian first reported (and multiple media outlets have confirmed) that Roy has come to terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year deal. The deal is reportedly worth just a bit over $10 million. The Timberwolves are taking a five-million-per-year gamble on Roy being able to return after retiring due to a knee condition that limited him for much of the past three seasons.
The Wolves have needed help at the two-guard spot for years and this helps them in that regard, if Roy is able to give them anything. Roy has been working out for months planning this return. The key for him will be to manage his minutes and not try and force things. He’s a competitor but that also means he sometimes loses track of just what he’s capable of.
You’d hate to see this one end in sadness and disappointment again, as hard as the first time was for Roy and his fans. But Roy feels like he honestly has a chance to contribute and be a part of a winning formula for a team, and maybe with Minnesota’s versatility and relative depth, along with Ricky Rubio managing the majority of the ball-handling duties, Roy can get minutes without putting too much of a strain on his body. Defensively, there are going to be issues, but the right system can alleviate that. And who knows? Maybe Roy will surprise everyone, even himself.
One of the game’s great scorers over the past five years is back in the league, and one of the league’s great competitors gets to give it another shot. I’d say that’s good news for everyone.
Suns GM Ryan McDonough: Eric Bledsoe hair-salon claim about tweet was unbelievable
That is a first-rate tweet by Bledsoe. It’s great that he’s having fun with the wild situation, because the rest of us sure are amused peering in.
This was always going to be a long season in Phoenix, but things got out of hand in a hurry. The 0-3 Suns have been outscored by 92 – the worst three-game start in NBA history by 16 points. Now, comes the fallout.
Bledsoe is a good starting point guard when healthy. He’s earning a reasonable $14.5 million this season and due $15 million in the final year of his contract next season. There should be suitors, and Phoenix can gain long-term assets while stepping up its tank.
But this sure seems like a crisis-control move more than anything else.
Willy Hernangomez ‘mad’ about falling from Knicks rotation
“The same. I’m still mad,” Hernangomez said. “I cannot help the team win if I’m sitting on the bench. Two games in a row. It’s tough. I have to wait my moment. I cannot say nothing more.”
The Knicks are moving in different directions. Management is talking about building for the future. Coach Jeff Hornacek, who was hired by previous president Phil Jackson, is trying to win now.
There’s a fine line between developing Hernangomez through playing time and making him earn his minutes. Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn might be better right now.
But being marginally better this season won’t get the Knicks anywhere meaningful except lower in the lottery. On the other hand, even on rebuilding teams, winning is most important to a coach’s job security. Earl Watson implemented the Suns’ tanking scheme, and look where that got him.
Hornacek is backed into a corner, and now one of the team’s most important young players is publicly expressing his displeasure. It’s the latest troubling sign in a locker room already suspicious of Hornacek.
Report: Eric Bledsoe requested trade from Suns before season
Why wouldn’t Bledsoe want out? The 27-year-old is in his prime and stuck on a young team that would rather tank than play him.
It’ll be interesting to see how Bledsoe explains the tweet. He previously paid lip service to his situation in Phoenix, but it appears he’s ready to open up. On the other hand, public trade requests typically draw fines from the NBA.